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Chris Armstrong Talks Gay Bullying With Anderson Cooper


Chris Armstrong, the University of Michigan student body president who has been targeted by homophobic Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell, appeared on bully-fighting hero Anderson Cooper's CNN show last night to discuss the trauma he's endured since Shirvell began his anti-gay blog.

The cool, collected, well-spoken and handsome Armstrong used the opportunity to highlight the plight facing gay teens around the world:

But, you know, I felt that, like, seeing these kids, you know, they feel like they need to take their life. It's important to understand that things can get better. And it's important to know that you can reach out in your community. You can reach out to friends, and they can -- they can support you.

Watch Armstrong and Cooper's entire exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's, like, you know, really too bad that, you know, Armstrong isn't, like, um, yeah, a little more articulate.

    Posted by: Jimmy | Oct 7, 2010 8:50:33 AM

  2. I think this is the perfect time for AC to publicly state his sexual orientation. We all know that he's gay and this would be an excellent time for him to shoot one of those "it gets better" videos.

    Posted by: realitythink | Oct 7, 2010 8:52:07 AM

  3. @REALITYTHINK, I was thinking the same thing. But, with the announcement of his new daytime talk show, I don't see that happening. At least, not BEFORE the show starts. He'll maintain that he needs to remain 'objective' in every sense of the word for his career.

    Posted by: princely54 | Oct 7, 2010 9:03:08 AM

  4. Anderson Cooper is a liberal homophobe. The industry is full of them.

    As for bullying, none of this is going to help fight it. It's just media sluts talking.

    The only thing that will reduce anti-gay bullying is to address the cultural forces that encourage bullying. The music industry is one of the worst transgressors. MTV and VH1 have spent the last 20 years promoting homophobic rappers and hip-hop performers, not to mention Eminem.

    Member of Gay Inc have failed to see the danger that MTV and VH1 pose to the lives of gay Americans.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 7, 2010 9:05:14 AM

  5. Also, it was obviously what that nutjob Shirvell was alluding to when Cooper interviewed him by saying "I don't know why you seem to be so upset personally by this Anderson!" He knows, along with the rest of us, that Cooper is gay and he wanted to hint to his nutbag minion that Cooper was simply pushing him on his answers because hes one of the unclean!

    Posted by: princely54 | Oct 7, 2010 9:05:19 AM

  6. He's teribly nervous, Jimmy. Obviously never been on TV before.

    And yes AC is WAY overdue to fessing up.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 7, 2010 9:06:48 AM

  7. "Keeping THEM honest (but not me)"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 7, 2010 9:07:32 AM

  8. oh, they were so flirtatious it was adorable! ;)

    Posted by: topher | Oct 7, 2010 9:10:03 AM

  9. Anderson Cooper will never come out; it isn't in his nature to do so. His lineage (the Vanderbilts and Coopers) do not address their personal life in public-period. That is off-limits to the general public. One can argue the merits of it but it will never happen.
    Unfortunately -with his daytime light-weight
    infotainment show coming on- his credibility as a journalist will take another hit.
    The UM student is handling this situation briliantly. Kudos to him.

    Posted by: nick | Oct 7, 2010 9:10:40 AM

  10. Andrew is so closet case....

    Posted by: alan brickman | Oct 7, 2010 9:12:19 AM

  11. I bet Andrew Shirvell is somewhere beating off furiously in his sad, lonely apartment full of crucifixes and photos of his mother.

    @JIMMY: He's a 20-something kid being interviewed for the first time on national TV. Cut him a break, Mary!

    Posted by: JTlvr | Oct 7, 2010 9:19:07 AM

  12. JIMMY..go SuCK A LEMON.
    it's too bad you don't have a clue and take some of your own advise cause I don't know what you are trying to

    CHRIS and Coop....keep doing what you are doing. It is through this story among others that more people can understand a bit more.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 7, 2010 9:20:08 AM

  13. This story isn't about Anderson Cooper. Why do commetns always veer toward that subject? I wish Anderson would come out, too, but this clip is not about him.

    I also wish that Chris Armstrong were more articulate. I had a difficult time following what he was saying. Anderson had to prompt him.

    Posted by: Brent Z | Oct 7, 2010 9:26:14 AM

  14. Well said JTLVR. This guy is not only 20 years old, he reluctantly has been dragged into the national spotlight, all the while being stalked by a fucking mentally disturbed nut case. I'd like to see you hold up that well douche bag.

    As for Cooper coming out, yea I'd like to see him be brave enough, but it is his choice, he is not one of the right wing closet cases bashing us, he is one of the good guys people. Granted he'd be a great guy if he did, perhaps the weight of his family and history keeps him from doing so. How many of you witnessed your brother jumping to his death out of your apartment window?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 7, 2010 9:28:35 AM

  15. Armstrong is cute, who cares if he can't complete a single intelligible sentence?

    Posted by: Brent Z | Oct 7, 2010 9:34:30 AM

  16. I agree with the basic idea of jtlvr's comment. I saw an interview with Shirvell the other day and he came across as a really closeted (and conflicted) person.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 7, 2010 9:36:46 AM

  17. @Jimmy: You try being a 21 yo gay, and sitting in the pressence of the hottest (sort of out) gay celebrity out there, while discussing personal issues on national TV. I for one would be speaking jibberish.

    Posted by: Jon B | Oct 7, 2010 9:38:44 AM

  18. Mike Cox. lol Listening to Anderson say my cocks made me chuckle...

    Posted by: Neil | Oct 7, 2010 9:42:29 AM

  19. Having been interviewed on both radio and TV I can tell you that it's not easy to answer question on the spot. Journalists do not tell you the questions they are going to ask beforehand, this helps them to get a more candid answer. You also have to take into consideration the fact that he is also in a legal dispute with Andrew Shirvell and has to be very careful about what he does and doesn't say.

    Posted by: AdrianJSC | Oct 7, 2010 9:44:28 AM

  20. Has to be said... Chris is pretty hot...

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 7, 2010 9:56:25 AM

  21. That's all very nice. This kid, Public speaking would help him immensely. I know he's nervous, I don't want to be unfair, but it's MADDENING how young people talk these days.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Oct 7, 2010 9:57:06 AM

  22. That child needs a horse tranquilliser.

    Posted by: Jimbo | Oct 7, 2010 10:22:57 AM

  23. Anderson is getting all these kudos for taking on the issue of gay teen suicides but the one thing he hasn't done is probably the one most important and effective thing he could do to help gay teens; COME OUT!

    His coming out as a successful, happy gay man would do more than all of his shows, all of his guests and all of his reports combined.

    October 11 is National Coming Out Day Anderson. Take advantage of it!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 7, 2010 10:23:10 AM

  24. That's all very nice. This kid, Public speaking would help him immensely. I know he's nervous, I don't want to be unfair, but it's MADDENING how young people talk these days.

    Yea, because our last President, GWB, was so articulate.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 7, 2010 10:29:12 AM

  25. Please don't describe someone as cool, collected and well spoken when the video that you post indicates exactly the opposite. (The petition for a protection order that Armstrong submitted proves he can't write, either.) This was a terrible interview. No substantive questions or answers.

    Having said that, I hope Armstrong GETS the order and then sues Andrew Shirvell for libel, harassment, stalking and whatever else applies, and wins in court. I just hope he doesn't have to take the stand.

    Posted by: Enzo In Omaha | Oct 7, 2010 10:33:23 AM

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